A coarse and abrasive tool made of metal (usually steel). The abrasive surface has many pointed teeth shaped like tiny pyramids, and typically the surrounding surface is perforated so that dust doesn't clog it. Rasps are used in shaping and smoothing wood, plaster, ivory, stone, etc. Files are generally more finely abrasive than rasps, while rifflers are the most finely abrasive of all rasps. Also see surform.

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(the prominences in which are made by a punch and not by a chisel, as are those of the file, properly so called), ,

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  • Rasp — (r[.a]sp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rasped} (r[.a]spt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rasping}.] [OF. rasper, F. r[^a]per, to scrape, grate, rasp, fr. OHG. rasp[=o]n to scrape together, to collect, probably akin to E. rap. Cf. {Rap} to snatch.] [1913 Webster] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rasp — rasp·ber·ry; rasp·ber·ry·like; rasp·er; rasp; rasp·ish; rasp·ite; rasp·ing·ly; rasp·ing·ness; …   English syllables

  • Rasp — Rasp, n. [OE. raspe, OF. raspe, F. r[^a]pe. See {Rasp}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. A coarse file, on which the cutting prominences are distinct points raised by the oblique stroke of a sharp punch, instead of lines raised by a chisel, as on the true… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rasp — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Charles Rasp (1846–1907), australischer Unternehmer (BHP Billiton) Fritz Rasp (1891–1976), deutscher Film und Bühnendarsteller Renate Rasp (* 1935), deutsche Schriftstellerin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Rasp — /rasp/ (say rahsp) noun Charles, 1846–1907, Australian miner, born in Germany; discoverer of silver at Broken Hill, NSW, in 1883 and one of the original shareholders in BHP. Charles Rasp came to Melbourne from Germany in 1869 owing to ill health …  

  • rasp — [rasp, räsp] vt. [ME raspen < OFr rasper < OHG raspon, to scrape together, akin to OE hrespan, to strip, spoil] 1. to scrape or rub with or as with a file 2. to utter in a rough, grating tone 3. to grate upon; irritate [giggling that rasped …   English World dictionary

  • rasp|y — «RAS pee, RAHS », adjective, rasp|i|er, rasp|i|est. 1. grating; harsh; rough. 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • rasp — /rasp / (say rahsp), /ræsp / (say rasp) verb (t) 1. to scrape or abrade with a rough instrument. 2. to scrape or rub roughly. 3. to grate upon or irritate (the nerves, feelings, etc.). 4. to utter with a grating sound. –verb (i) 5. to scrape or… …  

  • rasp — ► NOUN 1) a coarse file for use on metal, wood, or other hard material. 2) a harsh, grating noise. ► VERB 1) file with a rasp. 2) (of a rough surface or object) scrape in a painful or unpleasant way. 3) make a harsh, grating noise …   English terms dictionary

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  • rasp — index erode, irritate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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